Sunday, July 25, 2010
BY PHILIANA NG
A "Rocky Horror Picture Show" episode was the biggest news coming out of the "Glee" panel.
After first-time Emmy nominee Chris Colfer mentioned he wanted to do "The Time Warp" in the new season, co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed that he and the writers were currently working on it.
More Season 2 storylines were revealed after a 20-minute highlight reel was shown, including more focus on the series' central characters. "The next season will be more intimate," Murphy said.
"Those characters pop so much that I want to see a whole episode of Brittany, a whole episode of Artie and Tina," he said early in the session, adding that there will be more tribute episodes.
When discussing the highly publicized Britney Spears episode, Murphy said that Matthew Morrison's Will Schuester would be highly against doing Britney songs because Morrison said once that he didn't want to sing her tunes on the show.
"We're doing it in a fun, hallucinogenic way," Murphy teased.
Another spoiler got the crowd and panelists going: "We find out that Tina has fallen out of love with Artie and in love with Mike Chang (aka Other Asian)," Murphy revealed.
Season 2 will also see Mercedes at her church (a solo is almost guaranteed) and Kurt will be attending as well in a religion-themed hour.
In addition to Kristin Chenoweth returning, Broadway vet Idina Menzel will be coming back.
Plans for the post-Super Bowl episode are in the works, but Murphy promises something big. "Nothing says Super Bowl like 'Glee,' " he joked. "We're in talks to do a huge tribute episode but the deal hasn't closed yet so I can't say."
Playing to the crowd, it was revealed that the writers are discussing a Brittany and Santana kiss.
Murphy got an idea from a fan, who suggested the gang spotlight
This is the new media generation. And they are in their 30’s, younger “listeners” tune in to only the segments they wish to hear, sampling as they do with music or the increasingly shorter webisodes that are slowly eroding broadcast television and video rentals.
Talk of tea party leaders of putting the “right to bear arms” to use to “fight” a “socialist” government echoes without counter, at least by any source tea party activist would turn to, either in traditional or on-line media. Instead the right, and the progressives on the other side, here in America, seek out only arguments and slogans and causes that support what they already believe, and which in the case of a segment of the Tea Party and the right, to increased anger and talk of violence. Didn’t we learn out lessons in Oklahoma City?
“Legitimate” on-line journalists say they are reporting what the reporters talk about and know but are unable to print or broadcast.
There is precedence. In 1976 the late Daniel Schorr, who passed away this week, was fired from CBS News for “leaking” a story CBS refused to air, to the “Village Voice”, which printed the document as a special session and made international news. The release of classified government documents showing that the CIA has and planed to do unsanctioned assassinations of world leaders and dissidents. “The Village Voice” could be seen as the alternative that today the Internet has come to represent.
An interesting side topic to investigate is which side is more educated and what constitutes education. My research shows that both are educated, with conservative more likely to have a linier education background and the far left more likely an arts or more diverse academic (meaning investigative) background.
CBS Sunday Morning called us a “gaudy desert town”…meaning Las Vegas.
President Barrack Obama urged liberal bloggers and activist “to keep up the fight” to bring change to Washington. He acknowledged to the Netroots Nation Convention that liberal and progressive supporters are disappointed at the pace of change, but indicated that change takes time and urged the group to “keep making your voices heard. US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was also at the convention. At a different venue his opponent, conservative Republican nominee for senate Sharon Angle urged conservative bloggers to keep pushing for change, however the Tea Party candidate’s definition of what that entails is quite different from Obama and Reid.
Once again Angle’s message was limited to the prepared Carl Rove script and promised interviews with local media were not kept. KLAS TV 8 said, “She was whisked away despite a promise to meet with us.”
But Internet blogging, YouTube and social networking may not win campaigns. Despite strong campaigns and national attention, at least nine candidates in recent primaries went down in defeat, on both sides of the spectrum.
Unless the courts block it, Arizona’s controversial immigration law is set to take effect next weekend. The state is divided in heated debate and demonstrations driven by deep cuts in state budget and the high cost of providing state services to undocumented immigrants. Meanwhile, Arizona is a highly Hispanic state, where the fear of racial profiling is not just an academic discussion.
The Taliban are holding an America Sailor hostage, one of two ambushed by the Taliban. The other was said to be killed, however the body is still in Taliban hands in Afghanistan.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff believes that the Taliban have murdered over 45 people over the past two weeks alone. Admiral Mike Mullin predicts rising levels of violence over the coming months.
Bush Administration CIA Director Hayden says that military action against Iran is likely regardless of diplomatic efforts. The former CIA Chief told CNN that military action “seems inexorable”. Even if Iran builds its program to a point just below the potential of a nuclear weapon, the very process will be “destabilizing” to the region. If the US does not take action, we may not be able to stop our allies from doing so to avoid the potential of weapons being built and used.
The US and South Korea are doing joint military exercises led by the Supercarrier the USS George Washington, involving 20 ships, supported by submarines, aircraft helicopters and a combined 8,000 troops. North Korea is threatening a military response, saying the escalation by the US could lead to nuclear war. The exercise is meant to send a strong message to the north that “its aggressive behavior must stop” following the torpedo sinking of a South Korean warship earlier this year.
Journalists have become prime targets in wars, and in political attacks. This morning in Serbia Vreme Weekly columnist Teofil Pancic was attached with an iron bar and kidnapped because of his liberal stand and fierce criticism or Serbian nationalism.
Are we in a post-racial era? Or are we entering an era or hyper-sensativity and division on the subject of race? Thanks to FOX news and White House overreaction, the issue has been at the forefront of the news for over a week, along with the issue of taking things out of context, digging back years or decades, not allowing people to evolve or change and presenting information to advance your own views or cause without regard for fact, context or the damage it might cause to others. Simply getting these out on the table this morning, as the topics were covered this AM by the BBC, NPR, NBC and CBS news.
British Petroleum Chief Executive Tony Hayward is reported to be stepping down, some say forced out, from BP. The Board of Directors meets tomorrow in London.
The largest gathering of boy scouts since 1937 will parade today in Washington DC celebrating the 100th anniversary of the organization. The 1937 event was the first national Boy Scout Jamboree, held at the National Mall.